Urban Dictionary defines a shit show as “A description of an event or situation which is characterized by an ridiculously inordinate amount of frenetic activity. Disorganization and chaos to an absurd degree. Often associated with extreme ineptitude/incompetence and or sudden and unexpected failure.”. See also: the video above.
Just gonna take this opportunity to share this post on getting into stake boats, as well as this post on other how to scull your bow around so that you don’t find yourself in the same situation as this coxswain. This is … well, embarrassing, obviously … but bigger than that, it’s a pretty big indication that somewhere along the line there was a major failure on the part of the coaches to ensure the UCSD coxswain was properly prepared when it comes to getting into stake boats. Being late to the line (which they must have been given that everyone else looks like they’re already locked on) probably didn’t help either.
Also, given the entanglement that happened pretty much immediately after the start, I’m just gonna leave this here as well.